Flickr Find: Zues driving a Lexus IS 300

I wouldn’t call this a Lexus video necessarily, but this sped up footage by Flickr user sullivan1985 featuring an IS 300 is still pretty cool:

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Reminds me of this scene from movie Ghost Dog:

(As a sidenote, I’ve wanted to post that Ghost Dog clip since I started this site.)

Lexus LF-A Prototype Crash

Lexus LF-A Crash

Details have been revealed today that the Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype was involved in some kind of crash during the qualifying session prior to the actual race. Autoblog has some more photos of the smash, but the damage seem to be around the driver-side front and rear bumper. Here’s what it looked like from the back:

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype Crash

I wonder is if this was partly responsible for extended pitstops that the LF-A had to take during the race?

(I really like the top night shot of the LF-A, it looks fantastic in matte black, and I would honestly like to see offered as a real color for the supercar.)

Great Photos of the Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

The french website Endurance Info has some very nice exclusive photos of the Lexus LF-A racing prototype, including the one above this shot of the interior and engine:

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

Judging by the news date (May 21st) and the lack of emblems, it looks like this site might have had the first public engine shots.

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype completes Nürburgring 24h Race

Lexus LF-A Racing Prototype

The Lexus LF-A racing prototype finished the Nürburgring 24H race in 121st place, mostly due to some extended pitstops. Over the 24 hours, the LF-A managed 100 laps, 48 back of the winning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

Motor Trend has a nice recap of the race, including this bit on the Lexus prototype:

Did you get anyone to talk to you about the Lexus?” That was the question of the weekend as the primer-black V-10-powered Lexus LF-A made its way up and down the leader board at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. It’s obvious that Toyota has used this race as a hide-in-plain-sight endurance test for its 2011 model year Lexus sports car.

When I approached a driver, as his co-driver took the cool-down lap, he tried to pass me on to a translator. No good. All I could do is get him to say it’s a V-10. It finished 134th, completing 100 laps, or 1,750 miles.

(Not really sure about the place discrepancy, I found my number on the race website.)

Update: Here’s a video of one of the LF-A’s pitstops:

The Lexus LF-A in the Nürburgring 24H Race this weekend

Lexus LF-A in the Nürburgring 24H Race

The Nürburgring 24hour race is happening this weekend, which the Lexus LF-A is pretend-competing in, using the race environment to see how the supercar holds up over an intensive run.

Well, as it turns out, it’s probably best Lexus didn’t throw its hat fully into the ring, because one hour after the race started, the LF-A pulled into the pits with a transmission problem. This was eventually resolved, and the racing prototype is back on the track, though it’s no longer truly in the race.

Most importantly, Automobile Magazine managed to snap a photo of the LF-A’s engine while it was in the pits (click the image for a larger version):

Lexus LF-A Engine Closeup

(More updates as they become available, and if you’d like to follow along, the race can be watched live right on the official site.)

[Source: Automobile Magazine]